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The Poetry Center presents Charles Alexander and Susan Thackrey reading and in conversation. Alexander reads from Pushing Water (Cuneiform Press, 2011) and unpublished work. Thackrey reads from Andalusia (Chax Press, 2015). The readings are followed by a conversation in response to questions from the audience.
The Poetry Center presents David Lau reading from his forthcoming book, Still Dirty (AK Press/Commune Editions, 2016), and Ed Pavlic reading from Let’s Let That Are Not Yet: INFERNO (Fence Books, 2015), followed by questions and conversation with the audience. NOTE: The video recording was lost in the back-up process, so this event is represented via audio recording only. Our apologies.
The Poetry Center presents poet, editor, and translator Maged Zaher reading from The Tahrir of Poems: Seven Contemporary Egyptian Poets (Alice Blue Books, 2014). This brief anthology, edited and translated by Zaher, brings together work by seven Egyptian poets between the ages of 25 and 33, all (but for the work here by Amira Hanafi) originally written in Arabic. These young poets, in Zaher’s words, “had their own aesthetic revolution against the bareness of cultural life under Mubarak.” The reading is followed by Zaher responding to questions from his audience.
The Poetry Center presents Maya Angelou, reading and commenting on her poems from the book Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie (Random House, 1971), and responding to questions from the audience about her life and work, including her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and its adaptation to film. Note: This recording is audio only. Photos of Maya Angelou, October 14, 1971, from the San Francisco State Phoenix.